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Tuesday, 16th December 2014

UK: Identity Assurance Programme

Source: National Audit Office (UK)

From the Introduction:

The identity assurance programme (the Programme) aims to support the digital by default strategy as part of the Government Digital Strategy. The government estimates that the implementation of ‘digital by default’ will generate cost savings of between £1.7 billion and £1.8 billion per year. The Government Digital Service (GDS) is developing the Programme to support wider digital transformation across government as online services are redesigned and rebuilt; starting with 25 exemplar projects. The Programme will build a single, common identity assurance service to be used across government.

Signing into online services such as email accounts, shopping accounts and banking services is an increasingly familiar experience for the majority of the United Kingdom population. In 2013, 21 million households (83%) had internet access and 72% of all adults bought goods or services online, up from 53% in 2008. Identity assurance and online security are becoming increasingly high profile issues.

This briefing paper is primarily intended as a briefing for departments who will use GOV.UK Verify as part of their digital services. This paper explains the GDS’s approach to creating a cross-government identity assurance service, and their management of the Programme.

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